How to Use Snipping Tool in Windows 11

The Snipping Tool in Windows 11 is a versatile and easy-to-use application for capturing screenshots. Follow these steps to use the Snipping Tool effectively:

Step 1: Open the Snipping Tool

  1. Click on the Start menu (Windows icon) at the bottom-left corner of your screen.
  2. Type "Snipping Tool" in the search bar and click on the Snipping Tool app to open it.

Step 2: Start a New Snip

  1. In the Snipping Tool, click on New.
  2. Your screen will dim, and a small toolbar will appear at the top of the screen with snip options.

Step 3: Choose a Snip Type

  1. Rectangular Snip: Drag the cursor to create a rectangular shape around the area you want to capture.
  2. Freeform Snip: Draw a freeform shape around the area you want to capture.
  3. Window Snip: Click on the window you want to capture.
  4. Fullscreen Snip: Capture the entire screen.

Step 4: Capture the Snip

  1. Select the desired snip type from the toolbar.
  2. Perform the action required for the chosen snip type (e.g., drag to select an area for Rectangular Snip).
  3. The captured snip will appear in the Snipping Tool editor.

Step 5: Annotate and Edit the Snip

  1. Once the snip is captured, you can use the built-in tools to annotate and edit the screenshot.
    • Pen: Draw on the screenshot with customizable colors and thickness.
    • Highlighter: Highlight areas of the screenshot with customizable colors and thickness.
    • Eraser: Remove annotations made with the Pen or Highlighter tool.

Step 6: Save the Snip

  1. Click on the Save icon (floppy disk) in the toolbar.
  2. Choose the location where you want to save the screenshot.
  3. Enter a file name and select the file format (PNG, JPEG, etc.).
  4. Click Save to save the screenshot.

Step 7: Copy and Share the Snip

  1. To copy the snip to the clipboard, click on the Copy icon (two overlapping squares) in the toolbar.
  2. To share the snip, click on the Share icon (an arrow pointing out of a square) and select the method you want to use (e.g., email, social media, messaging apps).

Additional Features

  • Delay Snip: If you need to capture a menu or a tooltip, you can delay the snip. Click on the Delay dropdown and select the delay time (3, 5, or 10 seconds). Then click New to start the countdown.
  • Settings: Access additional settings by clicking on the three dots (ellipsis) in the toolbar and selecting Settings. Here, you can customize options like the default file format and whether to show the snip outline.


You have successfully learned how to use the Snipping Tool in Windows 11. This tool is a powerful and flexible way to capture screenshots, annotate them, and share them easily. Whether you need to capture the entire screen, a specific window, or a custom area, the Snipping Tool provides all the functionality you need.